Repost: First Annual Potaku Game of the Year Awards: Categories.

Have you voted? Do you care? We think you should and that you do so… uh… Do it?

Of course, there are a few big name games left to come out this year, but that’s okay, because this is all about just thinking of possibilities right now.

We’re not going to be taking the usual approach to these awards. How boring is it seeing year after year “Best Overall PS3 game” and so on and so forth? We’ve spent a lot of time thinking up how we can make this fun, while still handing out accolades to our favourite games. How can we do that? Simple. Give each title a ridiculous category name! I’ll list each and explain it for you!

Most Dick Kickingest Game of the Year: Pretty self explanatory, but with the added Shiggy twist. This is the best game of the year. It’s about what YOU thought the best game of the year was (Max Payne 3, don’t disagree you clods) and what made it so damn dick-kickingly great.

The “Why the Hell Did They Release This Garbage” award for Super Shittiness: Again, self explanatory. Not a year goes past where there isn’t a giant turd mixed in with the rest of the gold. And man there’s some crap this year. This also serves as a Public Service Announcement telling fence-sitters to not buy this game.

Most Bomb-Ass Character: Every year we get reintroduced to our old favourite characters, as well as some brand new ones. Some stand above the rest for being awesome. Some are bland and generic. Obviously Max Payne will win this so please don’t send in any.

Coolest “HOLY SHIT” Moment: There’s moments in every game where we sit back and think “holy shit that was mega cool”. Some deserve more praise than others and with this you can tell people what they missed out on.

Most Kick Ass Multiplayer: Even though you enjoy a single player part of a game, there’s something about multiplayer that draws you back in. Now, we’re not talking about your Call of Battle: Modernfield 5 games, but games that took multiplayer in a cool direction. Whether it be with a gameplay choice or something else, we’re looking at multiplayer that did something different.

The “This Music is Making Ear Love to Me” award for Best Soundtrack: Nothing can help a game more sometimes than an amazingly well done soundtrack. It’s the tunes that have us humming it over and over again for months to come. Ones that you cannot get our of your head. The ones that take your ears out to dinner, wine and dine them and lay them down on a bed of rose petals to make them feel all good all over.

Keanu Reeves’ “Whoa” Trailer of the Year: Trailers are what help sell a game to you sometimes. Showing off cool gameplay, sweet cinematics and a thumping song to help say “HEY BUY THIS YOU JERK”. This is the award for you all to express which trailer made you stop and say “Whoa, I need this game”.

The Outta Left Field award for Most Surprising Game: Sometimes, a game comes out with little to no hype, no big announcement and then proceeds to blow everyone away. Word spreads and everyone finds out how great the game is. This is the category for that game. Also to show you were into it before it was cool. (otherwise known as the Hipster Shiggy Award ~ ed.)

Best Use of Your Money award for DLC: Not everyone is Capcom, some companies actually release decent DLC.

The “Someone Painted This With a Goddamn Rainbow” award for Best Art Style: Some games are colourful, some are not. Some games use cool art styles, some think 50 Shades of Grey is a colour palette and not a BDSM book.

So there’s your categories. Feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments section. Late next month we’ll be drawing up a list of nominations for each category based in part on your discussion, so if there’s something that you think really deserves to be in these lists, you’ve gotta let us know! We’re looking forward to your picks and we’ll be writing up ours! Good luck and have fun with it!

4 comments

  1. MAH VOTES

    Most Dick Kickingest Game of the Year:
    Mass Effect 3 – Screw the haters

    The “Why the Hell Did They Release This Garbage” award for Super Shittiness:
    All on-disc DLC.
    Sure a game may well be worth buying, but if the DLC provided is already on the disc, speak with your wallet and don’t buy the DLC.

    Most Bomb-Ass Character:
    Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2.

    Coolest “HOLY SHIT” Moment: The epic last chapter of Fall of Cybertron.

    Most Kick Ass Multiplayer: Fall of Cybertron multiplayer.

    The “This Music is Making Ear Love to Me” award for Best Soundtrack: Max Payne 3.
    Tears by Health is effin’ BOSS.

    Keanu Reeves’ “Whoa” Trailer of the Year: Halo 4 trailer.
    dun-dun-dun-dun-dun
    dun-dun-dun-dun-dun
    DUN-DUN-DUN-DUN-DUN

    The Outta Left Field award for Most Surprising Game: Speed Halo

    Best Use of Your Money award for DLC: Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. God knows how many updates, all with extra maps, characters and weapons, all FREE.

    The “Someone Painted This With a Goddamn Rainbow” award for Best Art Style: TIE between Borderlands 2 and Halo 4.

  2. Can’t vote for all those categories, 2012 hasn’t been very gamey for me. Especially for new games. But I came up with these:

    Someone Painted This With a Goddamn Rainbow – Halo 4

    Keanu Reeves’ “Whoa” Trailer of the Year – Colonial Marines (I’m a sucker for them using good music/musicians in trailers, in this case Clint Mansell)

    Most Kick Ass Multiplayer – DayZ/WarZ

  3. patiencemaddox · · Reply

    Most Dick Kickingest Game of the Year – The Walking Dead. Words alone can not describe how amazing that game is.

    The Outta Left Field award for Most Surprising Game (Hipster Shiggy Award) – The Walking Dead. Didn’t know what to expect at first, and at most points, did not see what was coming in that game!

    The “Someone Painted This With a Goddamn Rainbow” award for Best Art Style – Borderlands 2. Frak that game is beautiful

    Keanu Reeves’ “Whoa” Trailer of the Year – Halo 4. Can’t wait to see more of that game.

    Pretty much all I can answer!

  4. Most Dick Kickingest Game of the Year: Borderlands 2, for so many reasons. The compelling characters, the addictive gameplay, the story that tugs on your heart strings, the refinement of everything that made the original Borderlands so great, with a whole lot of epic slathered on top. Plus, awesome DLC, developer support post-launch, and no online pass.

    The “Why the Hell Did They Release This Garbage” award for Super Shittiness: Lollipop Chainsaw. I know the game is supposed to be tongue in cheek, but the blatant sexual objectification of the protagonist Juliette Starling was not something that I could stomach. The gameplay was terrible, the environments laughable and the story nonsensical. I don’t understand how Suda51 could have followed up an amazing game like Shadows of the Damned with this piece of misogynist trash.

    Most Bomb-Ass Character: Handsome Jack. He will go down in history as one of the most loved and loathed villains of all time.

    Keanu Reeves’ “Whoa” Trailer of the Year: Sir Hammerlock’s introduction to Pandora. It’s one of the best game trailers ever released and completely set the tone for my experience with Borderlands 2.

    The Outta Left Field award for Most Surprising Game: I know everyone else is going to pick either Dishonored, XCom: Enemy Unknown or The Walking Dead for this one, but I’m not. The game that surprised me the most this year was Sonic & Sega Allstars Racing Transformed. I picked it up on a whim because I really enjoyed the last Sonic & Sega Allstars Racing game and it was only $50 at release. What I found was one of the most polished, challenging kart racing games ever made. I expected a bit of fun, but found something so much deeper and more rewarding.

    Best Use of Your Money award for DLC: Mass Effect 3 – There was so much content provided for absolutely nothing. There was the extended ending, as well as a slew of Multiplayer maps and characters for the low, low price of $0.

    The “Someone Painted This With a Goddamn Rainbow” award for Best Art Style: Borderlands 2.

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